With great weather comes great partying, but most of us want to enjoy our outdoor space without hurting the environment – so why not throw an eco summer garden party?Continue reading How to throw an eco summer garden party
It’s easy to neglect the garden when the nights draw in, but with the worst weather of the year likely still to come, November is a crucial time to do some last-minute planting for spring, tidy up errant shrubberies, and generally prepare things for the depths of winter.
Here are just some of the top gardening tips for November to help your outdoor space withstand the wind, rain, frost and snow, so that it can emerge in springtime in tiptop condition.
Sustainability of food production is becoming a bigger issue year by year, as more farmland is used to grow crops for biofuels and more attention paid to the number of carbon miles our food clocks up on its way to our plates.
It’s been a summer of long, hot, sunny days and little to no rainfall in many areas of the UK, but is it a one-off? Will 2018 be the summer future generations talk about – like 1976 is for their parents and grandparents – or are we witnessing the next step in a long-term trend? Continue reading Has climate change caused the hot summer?
There are many factors that determine the ‘sustainability’ of an alcoholic beverage, whether it’s a fine wine or a craft ale from a local microbrewery.
There’s the sustainability of the natural resources used – for example, a reliable water supply, or more recently, worries about the continued availability of CO2 for use in carbonisation. Continue reading How to enjoy a sustainable ale
For those of us who are fully immersed in caffeine culture, the morning commute would not be complete without a stop at the local coffee shop – and in a heat wave, it’s no surprise that many java junkies turn to iced coffee as a cooler, more refreshing alternative to a steaming hot brew.
There are plenty of ways how to become self-sufficient, and they don’t all involve going ‘off grid’ or living on an island in a lake – although that is an option if you want to completely remove yourself from modern society.
As a starting point though, more and more of us are already becoming self-sufficient in individual ways, for example by growing our own food, or installing renewable power sources.
Everyone can do something to become more self-sufficient, and it doesn’t have to have a major impact on your lifestyle – here are a few options to consider.
While most people would probably agree that renewable energy makes more sense in the long-term than depleting the planet’s fossil fuel reserves, not everybody is happy with a wind farm or solar panel array in direct line of sight from their kitchen window.
The start of spring is the time to get your garden sorted out, as annuals and perennials start to reappear and the warmer weather makes it easier to work with soil that is no longer frozen.
People choose to be pescetarian, vegetarian, vegan and everything in between for a whole range of personal reasons, ranging from the ethics of slaughtering animals for meat, to just not liking the taste.